Dr Helen Ryder is Chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Formulation Science and Technology Interest Group, and Interest Group Representative for the Member Networks Committee. As an ambassador for formulation in chemical sciences, Helen shares best practice and fosters strategic working relationships across the RSC's networks.
She obtained her PhD in 2007 at the University of Manchester where she worked with Professor Gordon Tiddy to study the behaviour of surfactant lamellar and gel phases under flow. Following her PhD, she was Project Manager for InForm, an EU-FP7 coordination action which facilitated the exchange of knowledge between academics and industrialists on the use of nanostructured materials in formulated products across world regions (Europe, Asia-Pacific & America).
Dr Ryder is currently Research and Facilities Manager for Royce, the UK’s National Centre for Advanced Materials, where she supports the extensive and innovative imaging and characterisation facilities at the University of Manchester. She is responsible for facilitating access to world-leading instrumentation, from both internal and external users, ensuring excellence in the delivery of projects and developing business cases for new capabilities and infrastructure.
Helen has a long-standing commitment to supporting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She was previously the Charter Marks Coordinator for the University of Manchester, working on the Athena Swan Charter for advancing gender equality and the Race Equality Charter for improving the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students. Helen is the interim co-chair of the Royce EDI Committee, and sits on the Newman Catholic Collegiate Board of Directors as Foundation Director.